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LG Household & Health Care appoints 1st female CEO

BIZ 16:29 November 24, 2022

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) -- LG Household & Health Care Ltd., a major South Korean cosmetics and household goods maker, said Thursday it named the first female chief executive in its annual reshuffle.

LG Household & Healthcare promoted Lee Jung-ae to be the CEO of the company, effective Dec. 1.

"Lee has a good understanding of all business areas of the company, from cosmetics to beverages and household goods," the company said in a statement.

As a veteran marketer, Lee had spearheaded the global growth of LG Household & Health Care's luxury cosmetic brands, such as O Hui and Whoo, since 2015. The Whoo brand alone surpassed 1 trillion won (US$754.6 million) in annual revenue a year later, the company explained.

Since 2019, Lee had been the head of marketing of the company's beverage products, such as Coca-Cola and carbonated water Seagram's.

She will replace CEO Cha Suk-yong, who led LG Household & Health Care for 18 years.

LG Household & Health Care saw an over 46 percent on-year drop in net income in the third quarter this year, following a 44 percent on-year decline in the second quarter.

A profile photo of LG Household & Health Care's newly appointed CEO Lee Jung-ae, provided by the company on Nov. 24, 2022 (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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